Trump lawyer handled $1.6 million payoff for Republican donor

Trump lawyer handled $1.6 million payoff for Republican donor

A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump resigned from the Republican National Committee today after it was revealed that he paid $1.6 million to a Playboy Playmate with whom he had an extramarital affair.

President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, facilitated a payment plan totaling $1.6 million past year to a former Playboy model who says she became pregnant by Elliott Broidy, a leading GOP fundraiser, a source tells CNN.

The payout was similar to a $130,000 payout that Cohen organized for Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who claims to have had sex with Trump, immediately prior to the 2016 presidential election.

The woman alleged that Mr. Broidy had paid her for an exclusive sexual relationship of one to two years, one of the people said.

In a statement, Broidy acknowledged that he had a relationship with a Playboy model and offered to help her financially after she told him she was pregnant.

'At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant. "She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period".

As described by a "person familiar with the matter", the NDA identified Broidy and the woman through some pretty familiar psuedonyms: David Dennison and Peggy Peterson.

According to The Journal, the deal was negotiated late past year and blocks the woman from disclosing details of her relationship with Broidy.

It's the latest such agreement arranged by Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer, whose home, office and hotel room were raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents armed with a search warrant on Monday, a move than enraged the president, who called it "an attack on our country".

Broidy, an LA-based venture capitalist, works on the RNC's fundraising efforts with Cohen, a national deputy finance chairman.

You can read the Wall Street Journal's story here. Broidy said Cohen reached out to him after being contacted by Keith Davidson, the woman's attorney. Cohen says he paid her out of his own funds.

Broidy apologized to his wife after The Wall Street Journal first reported on the affair Friday.

In the lawsuit, she contends that Mr. Cohen played a secret role in the negotiations for that deal, which allegedly involved only herself and the tabloid media company.

Investigators who raided Cohen's properties are said to have sought records of payments to two women who say they had an affair with Trump; materials connected to the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Trump; recordings of Cohen's conversations with associates; attorney-client communications between Trump and Cohen; and Cohen's electronic devices and financial documents.

Broidy pleaded guilty in 2009 in NY as part of a " pay-to-play" scheme involving the state pension fund.

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